Oh no! Another Monday is here. All adults know that drowning feeling when Monday comes knocking. The simple mention of the word ‘Monday’ over the weekend is enough to send shivers down the spines of many. However, starting a new week feeling down won’t do you any good. One of the reasons for hating Monday is that it follows two days of freedom and fun. Switching to work mode, tight schedules and deadlines is scary and dreadful.
Dread is the anticipation of pain. Research has found that dread is as a result of the attention we pay to the pain we expect, so if you do not expect the worse to happen, there would be no anxiety or fear. To face the Sunday Scaries, and dreadful Mondays, try to prepare ahead mentally and emotionally, take control of your tasks and plan towards them so that you won’t be disoriented at the start of the week.
Here are some hacks to boost your motivation and start the new week with a positive outlook.
Make small preparations during the weekend
It is true that the weekend is for fun and relaxation. However, you can still sneak in some things you need to do, and do them in small increments. For example, draft a few work emails, create a to-do list for the coming week, etc. These should not take up a huge part of your weekend. You can still have enough time to meet up with friends, watch a movie, attend a party and more.
Attending to a little piece of what would come on Monday would help you feel more confident and ready for the new week ahead.
Map out your week
Start your Monday morning with uplifting Music
Improving your mood can be difficult to do, particularly on Monday morning, but music has the superb ability to do this. You can greatly improve your mood on Monday morning by listening to uplifting music as soon as you wake, while in the shower or on your way to work. In addition to improving your mood, this can also pump you up and help to improve your productivity levels.